Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Thursday, July 28, 2005

This man speaks my language
Trevor Manuel speaking on the Zimbabwe loan:
"We need to ensure that all of the African continent remains in the family of nations. The worst thing we can have is a failed state or a rogue state on our borders."

Trevor Manuel was responding to questions on South Africa's responsibility to meet Zimbabwe's pleas for financial help. He said he did not know of any decisions yet on South Africa extending Zimbabwe a credit line.

"Clearly we have a responsibility. It's a responsibility we take very seriously."

However, this was done with the mindset that the government was looking after the resources in its coffers on behalf of all South Africans. He said that as minister of finance, he had a huge responsibility and would not be "reckless in the way I exercise that responsibility".